The Concept /
Photography is more than just the snap of a shutter. While execution is important, concept and planning are even more crucial. For this shoot, which became a part of our senior portrait advertising portfolio, we wanted to create a portfolio of photographs that were bright, airy, summery, and fun—images that fully reflect the feel of that first summer after graduating high school!
It was the perfect opportunity to showcase local fashion designer Roby Joe who styled the wardrobe, and we worked with makeup artist, Erin Hendley with FACE Makeup Artistry. Part of our pre-planning was to strike an aesthetic balance to meet each of the artists’ goals. Then, we had to carefully calculate what we needed to shoot and how it would ultimately come together in the final portrait of Ellie Brower.
How Was it Made?
While the final photo is one, seamless image, it is an assembly of multiple photos. We began by photographing Shelby standing on boxes that we use for portrait sessions. We then varied the positioning of her legs, having her jump across so she would look as if she was gliding across the air in an easy stroll. We also took photos of the wall, the paint roller, and some separate images of the umbrella for compositing later in Adobe Photoshop.
Once we selected the right elements from each photo and added the paint tones to the texture of the brick, we had over 100 layers to merge into one image by the time it was all said and done. The Photoshop work that goes into making this one seamless was definitely intense. These stop-you-in-your-tracks images are some of our favorites!